Using species distribution models to inform conservation

Identifying where species occur is an important but challenging aspect of many conservation projects. Species occurrence can be thought of in several ways. At the most basic level, it describes the geographic area in which a species can be found. This is the range map that everyone has seen in one field guide or another. […]

Flatwoods Salamander Conservation

            At the end of January, I found myself back in school at Virginia Tech pursuing a PhD after nearly four years of working in the real world. There were many factors that went into this decision, including getting to a point in life where it needed to happen soon if it was going to […]

Conservation Lessons from New Zealand’s Imperiled Herpetofauna

            New Zealand is composed of a collection of islands located in the southern Pacific Ocean. The land mass that eventually formed these islands broke away from other land masses between 80 and 65 million years ago. Today, New Zealand is located approximately 2,000 km from Australia and 1,000 km from the closest Pacific islands. […]

Spotted, Blanding’s, and Wood Turtle Conservation Symposium: Bringing Together Partners to Push Conservation Forward

            On a chilly day in early November, I plunged into a cold, shallow stream in search of a turtle that had previously eluded me – the Wood Turtle (Glyptemys insculpta). Wood Turtles are a fascinating species that spend part of their time on land and part of their time in streams and rivers. Wood […]

Hunting for Salamanders in the southern Appalachians

On a cool morning in early October, we set out with a group of Orianne Society members to search for reptiles and amphibians in the north Georgia mountains. This marked the start of Places You’ve Never Herped 14. We have been taking Orianne Society members on field herping expeditions annually since 2012, traveling to places […]